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That sounds like you would have to raise the mast clear of the male plug before you could lower it, that complicates things a bit.
What do you mean by using the marina launch? What is it? What does it do? What lake is it?
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That sounds like you would have to raise the mast clear of the male plug before you could lower it, that complicates things a bit.
What do you mean by using the marina launch? What is it? What does it do? What lake is it?
Yes, we'll have to loose the shrouds to pull it up. I have no idea what they have in mind, they seem very confident and know the area. I'll ask for more details. The crane guys say they do it all the time as well. Waiting for a few more quotes, will let you know how it all ends up. Me walking away into the sunset again probably, the disappointment hurts less every time ))

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With a small crane it is not a big problem. The trick is knowing how to secure to the mast above the centre point so the mast can lift straight up. If they attach too close to the fulcrum the mast can swing wildly or come crashing down as the base comes clear.

I would be concerned if the crane operator had never lifted a mast before, but if they "do it all the time" you should be fine.

$150/hr is fair.

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With a small crane it is not a big problem. The trick is knowing how to secure to the mast above the centre point so the mast can lift straight up. If they attach too close to the fulcrum the mast can swing wildly or come crashing down as sun as the base is clear.

I would be concerned if the crane operator had never lifted a mast before, but if they "do it all the time" you should be fine.

$150/hr is fair.

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Thanks for the info SchockT, something I'll keep in mind once I get over the fact that this owner expects a sale after seeing the boat on the slip, and doesn't want to show it sailing... It is a surreal journey.

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Thanks for the info SchockT, something I'll keep in mind once I get over the fact that this owner expects a sale after seeing the boat on the slip, and doesn't want to show it sailing... It is a surreal journey.
that is typical of boat sales, you look at the boat if you like you put down a deposit then arrange for a survey at the buyers expense then the sea trial. this will vary on smaller boats because they are simpler and easy to inspect the sails and equipment at the dock. you check out the condition of the boat and equipment and if all is good it will sail just fine. the sea trial is not for you to see if you like the way the boat sails but to see if the equipment on the boat is working properly.
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that is typical of boat sales, you look at the boat if you like you put down a deposit then arrange for a survey at the buyers expense then the sea trial. this will vary on smaller boats because they are simpler and easy to inspect the sails and equipment at the dock. you check out the condition of the boat and equipment and if all is good it will sail just fine. the sea trial is not for you to see if you like the way the boat sails but to see if the equipment on the boat is working properly.
Interesting process, not familiar with it, great to know. No one would think of buying a car because it has four wheels, an engine and the spare tyre, without doing a test drive first. There is so much you can feel about the state of the rigging and general structure when is on sail. Some of the ones I have seen have been sitting on the marina for years, just doing BBQ's. They can easily fall apart at the first wave.

It's all still moving along, fingers cross. Different boats, different hurdles

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You seem to appreciate the value of a test drive but this owner won't let you go for one. From what you have related the owner isn't being very helpful about moving the boat either. It isn't that great a boat, unless it's free I think you should let it be.
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Thanks for the info SchockT, something I'll keep in mind once I get over the fact that this owner expects a sale after seeing the boat on the slip, and doesn't want to show it sailing... It is a surreal journey.
I think a boat's reputation speaks for itself. You have a pretty good idea of what it should sail like.

I think the idea is not to take someone sailing until they show serious interest in buying it. Otherwise, you could spend your first year or two learning to sail by test driving all the boats for sale.
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I think a boat's reputation speaks for itself. You have a pretty good idea of what it should sail like.



I think the idea is not to take someone sailing until they show serious interest in buying it. Otherwise, you could spend your first year or two learning to sail by test driving all the boats for sale.
When I was selling my old boat through craigslist I had a number of "buyers" wanting to go for a sail right off the bat. I got the feeling they just wanted to go sailing. My policy was, we would go for a sail AFTER we had an accepted offer and a deposit. I was willing to hoist the sails at the dock if they wanted to see the condition, but that wasn't good enough for some.

The owner SHOULD allow a sea trial after a deal has been made. If they aren't willing to do that, I would assume they are hiding something.


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If I'm not mistaken, Pasadena lives on the Mainland and the boat is on Vancouver Island...on a landlocked lake no less. I think spending an entire day and a lot of money on ferry fares etc. should warrant a test sail.
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